Monday, September 25, 2017

Cacti Sundance

This painting is from a photo that I clicked at Laguna Beach. It was afternoon sun and the light and shadow patterns were so interesting that I could not resist painting it.
However just as I was drawing it on paper, I realized this one is going to take me long to complete. Towards the end I was running out of patience, it felt like a never ending painting. I could not start a new one until I finished this one.
It feels a great relief and accomplishment to get this one behind me.
I must admit that I fall in love with every painting I finish and this one is really very special for me.

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Cacti Sundance, 22x30 inches, Watercolor on Arches Paper

Code# PK_17_016
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Sunday, September 24, 2017

My First Sculpture - Ganesha

In my trip to India, I was looking to spend a weekend with plein air artists. Looking or a group, I stumbled upon a clay sculpting workshop by Milind Marathe in Pune. It was perfect timing, I always wanted to make my own Ganapati during the Ganesh Chaturthi. My wish came true and I was able to learn, below is the picture of my sculpture. It is made from air dry clay and using very basic sculpting tools. No mold used here, all the shapes made by hand!
Next year for sure I will be making my own Ganesha to see how it comes out...
July 29th-30th Ganesha Sculpting workshop
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Ganesha, air dry clay, 8 inches approx

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Passionate Red Lilies

Every evening I take my dog for a walk and on the way I see several Daylilies - all different colors. Everytime I see a patch of these flowers, I stop by and take pictures. I have pictures of yellow, dark red (almost maroon color) and these daylilies. Also there are smaller varieties of these colors that look like colorful stars shining among the greens. So of course I needed to paint from one of my pictures!!
"Earth laughs in flowers." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Passionate Red Lilies, 11 x 15 inches, Watercolor on 300 lbs Coldpress Arches paper.

Code# PK_17_015
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Friday, May 19, 2017

Pink Fulfillment

Looking at my paintings from this year, it feels like I am still in my pink mood :)
Well this one for sure made me feel fulfilled with shades of pink once again!!
Looking at my cropped and adjusted reference picture, the composition seemed perfect for the painting.  But now looking at it, I think I should treat the far left side rose even more muted. So even though I signed it, I might go over it again a bit. What do you think?
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Pink Fulfillment, 15x22 inches, Watercolor on 300 lbs coldpress Arches paper

Code# PK_17_014

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Ready to Pick Guava

Guava is one of my favorite fruit. Back in childhood I spent many hours climbing on guava tree and sitting on the tree until I felt full with the Guavas. This painting brings back those memories...
This is painted from a picture I took of a ripe Guava from my backyard tree. In So Cal its a blessing to have Guava tree at home. The picture was taken couple years ago and finally I took it up for painting it.
I started painting this as part of the Artist Demonstration in Chemer's gallery on May 6th and finished it after coming back home.
I have been doing more watercolors lately so definitely felt good getting back to oil to change it up.
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Ready to Pick Guava, 8x10 inches, Oil on canvas panel

Code# PK_17_013
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Friday, May 5, 2017

Orchid Radiance

Goodness, I had decided that I will post at least 4 paintings in a month... but seems like the month of April just disappeared in thin air :) plus I also took a spring break and attended my daughters junior recital all the way cross country to almost north east! Every proud of her and she did such a good job, made every moment worth attending.
Well, it was busy and this Orchid Radiance took up a lot of time. In the end I had started pulling my hair apart. But now that its done, looking at it I am feeling very accomplished! It was a challenge to do these purple spots and in accordance with the light and shadows on the petals while still maintaining luminous effects. Lot of room for improvement still... but I know that I overcame the fear of painting these spots that I had been holding off for some time.
I am loving the result what about you?
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Orchid Radiance, 22 x 22 inches, Watercolor on 300lbs Arches Paper

Code# PK_17_012
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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Welcome Spring

My friend posted quite a few wonderful pictures of hummingbird on her facebook. One of them I liked so much that I asked her if I could use her photo as inspiration for my painting. I had never painted hummingbird before and there were striking Gulmohar kind of flowers along with it!! So it was a must to paint this. We recently celebrated Holi and with that in mind, the background became Holi like.
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Welcome Spring, 11x15 inches, Watercolor on Archespaper, 300lbs Coldpress

Code# PK_17_011
Available - contact me - preranap@hotmail.com

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